Marbury v. Madison (1803): Write an Essay

October 29th, 2012 by

Marbury v. Madison: Write an Essay Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison (1803). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Read more…

Marbury v. Madison: Document B, Federalist No. 78, 1788

August 20th, 2012 by

Marbury v. Madison: Document B, Federalist No. 78, 1788 Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison (1803). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your Read more…

Marbury v. Madison: Document A, Brutus, No. 15 (1788)

August 13th, 2012 by

Marbury v. Madison: Document A Brutus, No. 15 (1788) Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Marbury v. Madison (1803). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your Read more…

Colonial Williamsburg Offers Free Electronic Field Trip on the Election of 1800

August 7th, 2012 by

Colonial Williamsburg Offers Free Electronic Field Trip on the Election of 1800 This September, Colonial Williamsburg will allow complimentary access to their Gift to a Nation electronic field trip series “The Will of the People.” Gearing up for the presidential election this November, “The Will of the People” examines the election of 1800.  The election Read more…

Washington’s Copy of the Constitution

June 14th, 2012 by

Washington’s Copy of the Constitution In 1789, the United States Constitution went into effect and George Washington was elected as the first leader of the country. If you know your early American history, you’ll remember that Washington was the president of the Constitutional Convention as well. Even though he was in attendance for much of Read more…

A Landmark Case? Or THE Landmark Case?

February 24th, 2012 by

209 years ago, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in the case of Marbury v. Madison (1803). Legal scholars consider Marbury v. Madison a central text for understanding the role of the Courts to interpret law in light of the Constitution, known as judicial review . It is the centerpiece of many constitutional law classes. Read more…

George Washington, An American Character

February 22nd, 2012 by

On what would have been George Washington’s 280th birthday, we celebrate his life with an excerpt from our middle school curriculum, Being an American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us. George Washington wanted his presidency to be an example of moderation, just as he lived his life.  On September 19, 1796, Washington gave his Farewell Read more…

Calling All Kansas Teachers of Grades 8-12

January 27th, 2012 by

Explore the Expansion of Expression Topeka, KS June 5-6, 2012 Do you think you know the First Amendment? What civil liberties does it protect? Which rights qualify as “freedom of speech”? Apply for the 2012 Constitutional Kansas Conference and, and it just might change what you thought you knew about the Constitution. All middle-school and Read more…

Anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s Birth

January 17th, 2012 by

I am lucky enough to share a birthday with Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, and I wanted to make sure to remember him on this special day over 300 years after his birth. Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Although he was the old sage of the American Revolution and the Founding Read more…

The Most Important Experience of My Professional Life: The Madison Fellowship

January 12th, 2012 by

One of the great features of a career in teaching is the opportunity to have a new start more than once a year. We start a school year in the fall, with nice, fresh bulletin boards, clean desks and floors, in a building that has been thoroughly scrubbed and shined during the summer. And then, Read more…